Lockdown: Ministers in war over Level 3 regulations, says critic

Lockdown: Ministers in war over Level 3 regulations, says critic

- According to a shadow minister, there is a reason for the delay in announcing the lockdown Level 3 regulations

- The critic claims a 'civil war' between ministers is the reason why Mzansi is still in the dark

- Dean Macpherson, DA shadow minister of trade and industry, claims the president and his cabinet cannot agree on a way forward

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On Sunday night, the country watched as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that lockdown would be downgraded to Level 3.

The head of state already revealed some of the relaxed regulations, which include lifting the limitations on exercise and curfews as well as the sale of alcohol.

However, the country is yet to hear what Level 3 means for each industry - a decision that is made by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), which is led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Everyone remembers Dlamini-Zuma's U-turn on the tobacco sale ban, which means she has the power to overturn the president's previous statements.

According to DA shadow minister Dean Macpherson, the delay in announcing the final regulations of the next level of the lockdown is because of a "low-grade civil war" in Cabinet, The South African reported.

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Macpherson claims the head of state and his cabinet can not agree on a way forward which is why South Africans are still in the dark over Level 3.

He said:

"This is simply not good enough as many question marks remain regarding health protocols for each sector and trading hours for the liquor industry. These may be complex and require time to implement in many industries. To give such short notice may render many sectors unable to open due to lack of compliance.
“It’s clear that there’s a low-grade civil war playing out in the NCCC and Cabinet over regulations, which has resulted in the consecutive cancellations. That the Ministers and President can’t agree on what regulations should look like is now abundantly obvious, while the country is left wondering what Monday may look like.”

In a Twitter post, Macpherson wrote:

"It’s simply not good enough to give South Africa one working day to prepare for Level 3 on Monday. You guys are treating us with contempt."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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